Quiz: Understanding Aircraft Performance

Airplane performance can be defined as the capability of an airplane to operate effectively while serving a specific purpose.  Among the elements of performance are takeoff and landing distances, rate of climb, ceiling, speed, payload, and fuel economy.  Answer these questions and see if you can correctly determine all the factors required for adequate aircraft performance.

What is ground effect?
What is ground effect?
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Determine the approximate landing ground roll distance.
Determine the approximate landing ground roll distance.
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What effect does high density altitude have on aircraft performance?
What effect does high density altitude have on aircraft performance?
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What is the headwind component for a landing on Runway 18 if the tower reports the wind as 215° at 30 knots?
What is the headwind component for a landing on Runway 18 if the tower reports the wind as 215° at 30 knots?
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Ground effect is most likely to result in which problem?
Ground effect is most likely to result in which problem?
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Determine the pressure altitude at an airport that is 1,300 feet MSL with an altimeter setting of 29.6.
Determine the pressure altitude at an airport that is 1,300 feet MSL with an altimeter setting of 29.6.
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Floating caused by the phenomenon of ground effect will be most realized during an approach to land when at
Floating caused by the phenomenon of ground effect will be most realized during an approach to land when at
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What true airspeed should a pilot expect at 9,000 feet on a standard day with 65 percent maximum continuous power?
What true airspeed should a pilot expect at 9,000 feet on a standard day with 65 percent maximum continuous power?
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What is the effect of a temperature increase from 35 to 50 °F on the density altitude if the pressure altitude remains at 8,000 feet MSL?
What is the effect of a temperature increase from 35 to 50 °F on the density altitude if the pressure altitude remains at 8,000 feet MSL?
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